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Captains Corner: Water temp is one key to finding feeding fish

Doug Hemmer

Doug Hemmer

What's hot: Fluctuating water temperature can help predict where and when to fish. Between fronts when water temperature is in the upper 60s, most inshore fish are eager to feed. Trout move out of deeper holes and hang over grass flats 3- to 4-feet deep. Floats rigged with a jig or live shrimp and a jig worked close to the bottom will draw strikes. Redfish will tail during the end of the outgoing tide. Jigs, plugs and free-lined shrimp work best when cast to a school of mullet or to a tailing red. Sheepshead are moving through the lower parts of Tampa Bay to the beach to spawn. Try docks and bridges from Pinellas Point to Fort De Soto. Use chopped shrimp for chum and use a small piece for bait.

Behind the front: After a strong cold front that drops the water temp to the low 60s or upper 50s, the fishing will slow. Trout move to the deeper holes closest to the flats. They will be slow to feed but will respond to a live shrimp moved slowly across the bottom.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captains Corner: Water temp is one key to finding feeding fish 01/13/13 [Last modified: Sunday, January 13, 2013 6:59pm]
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